West Lake Park is situated in southeastern Broward County, occupying a three-mile strip of mangrove estuary and uplands immediately west of the Intracoastal Waterway within the cities of Hollywood and Dania Beach. West Lake has 47,800 feet of waterfront with an additional 20,600 feet of mangrove-fringed shoreline along the interior waterways.
The ecological importance of the relationships between mangroves, our coastal waters, and the adjacent uplands cannot be overemphasized. West Lake is the largest remaining mangrove ecosystem in the 85-mile, highly developed urban coastal zone from Miami Beach to West Palm Beach. This vital coastal land provides valuable natural resources and significant recreational opportunities to urban residents and visitors.
West Lake Park can be accessed from both the north and south sides of Sheridan Street (west of the Intracoastal bridge) and from the Intracoastal Waterway. On the north side you’ll find the Anne Kolb Nature Center, which has its own Web page. An admission fee of $1.50 per person (ages 5 and under free) is in effect on the south side on weekends and County holidays when the park is open. There is no entry fee at Anne Kolb, but there is a $2 fee (plus sales tax) to visit the nature center’s exhibit hall. Both West Lake and Anne Kolb are part of the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail.
Two small shelters (capacity 20-40) with water, electricity, grills, and tables, and six interpretive shelters (capacity 15) with grills and tables. Patrons must reserve the use of the shelters in advance. A cash security deposit is required on the day of use to ensure that patrons clean up the shelter area. More information about shelters.
The west playground is fenced and popular with toddlers. The Manatee Play Area and nearby playground are closed.
Located on Tarpon Lake, this area is fully accessible for observation and fishing. Catch-and-release is encouraged and all State of Florida fishing regulations apply.
Large group gatherings of 250 or more persons require prior Park approval and issuance of a Park Permit to address such items as reserving space for the group, traffic control, trash removal/cleanup deposit, etc.
From the Intracoastal Waterway, a 175-foot dock is available on a first-come, first-served basis. This area is affected by the tides, so water depth must be considered when docking. Overnight docking is not permitted.
Enjoying walking, running, inline skating, or recreational cycling on 0.8 miles of paved walkways. Pets are welcome but must be on a leash no longer than six feet.
Four tennis courts, two full-court basketball courts, four racquetball courts, and two sand volleyball courts are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Marina (Canoe/Kayak/Stand-up Paddleboard Rentals)
Weather permitting, the marina offers rentals – kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards – Thursday through Tuesday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with the last boat departing the marina at 3:50 p.m. The marina is also open all County holidays except the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. The park’s regular gate entrance fee of $1.50/person (children 5 and under free) is in effect on weekends and holidays.
Rentals are $14 per hour, $24 for two hours, and $30 for four hours. Rentals include boat or stand-up paddleboard, paddles, and U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets. For ages 13 to 17, a parent/guardian is required to accompany the children in another boat. For ages 12 and under, an adult must be on the boat with them. No infants or toddlers on tours or in classes. For those who wish to launch their own kayaks/canoes/stand-up paddleboard, the marina’s boat ramp is open regular park hours, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., daily. No motorized boats are allowed in the lake or at this ramp.